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Monday, March 29, 2010

why do we study abroad when we know we aren't going to actually study...

Well, school finally caught up with me. My Finance mid-term was definitly the hardest test I've taken so far in my college career, and yes that includes any and all Chemistry tests! I in no way had enough time to finish the test. Luckily I felt slighty better after talking to everyone else that they felt the same way. I will find out on Wednesday...cross your fingers that I passed.

I've got two more tests this week. One in Marketing and the other in Accounting. Both I'm hoping to pass as well. Studying here is plain impossible I've decided, there are way better things to do with my time. However, this past weekend I did stay here at Lincoln so I could study...so far I've read 170 pages on marketing. Hopefully I'll remember some of it.

3 days of school this week. Wednesday is a field trip day, no school. Friday is Good Friday, so no school as well. Then I get a 2 week break...yes TWO weeks, sweet as! During said time I will be spending 6 days in Aussie land, more specifically Sydney, Australia!!!!! The remainder of the break will be spent exploring the North Island and visiting Kelsey (best friend and roomie from CSU). During these two weeks I will most likely not be updating the blog, I am sorry but this just means plenty of epic tales when I return for you to read.

Cheers and hope things are well!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weekend #4: No crazy wild adventure...but still great!

Last week/weekend was a little more chill...as long as you don't count St. Patrick's Day. Went into Christchurch for St. Patty's and had a blast! Met tons of people and became pretty good friends with the bartender's who were pretty cute. Had a broken camera after the foods festival, which is all Matt and Matt's fault but they won't own up to it...I'll make them some how. So the week was spent trying to figure that out which involved going into Christchurch a lot which meant I may or may not have skipped a few classes. As well as if or not we were going to Queenstown to jump off a bridge. Ultimately we didn't, which was a big bummer but just means when we do go everyone will be going and it will be tons of fun and I will have a working camera! Between homework and trying to make plans me and Liz (from UC Santa Barbara) went into town and saw a movie. On the way back I managed to not stall the car! Epic accomplishment.
Saturday Val, Emma and I headed to New Brighton beach with the intentions of just relaxing but instead ended up taking some surf lessons from a friend we had met the previous weekend at Wild Foods! Spent the afternoon learning, trying to stand up, getting worked by the waves and ultimately surfing and having a great time. The boss invited us back to his place to celebrate their return from Tahiti and this surfer's, Sammy, huge wave that was apparently a new record? All I know is we got to eat some great barbeque and hang out with some surfers and have a great day.

Up this week...my first test, and it's in finance.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Adventure #3: Wild Foods Festival Hokitika, New Zealand

Waffles, Whitbait, and Worms.
Mountain Oysters, Regular Oysters, and Snails
Moonshine, Shark, Ostrich, and Paua

Just some of the wild food I tried this past weekend at Hokitika Wild Foods Festival. Some were quite delicious; others made me want to gag. Camping on the side of a road under No Camping signs where we learned police don't care and kiwi's never sleep. Nights were spent at the bonfires on the beach. There would be one every 20 feet and we would just travel from one to another making friends, watching stupid people try to jump the fire and end up falling in it, as well as seeing a few full moons in the water. I waded in a few times only to have huge waves soak me a little more than anticipated. The festival itself was all day Saturday. Most people dress up, I saw about 30 Where's Waldo's, 10 smurfs, a few avatar people, power rangers, the mad hatter, and sooo much more that gave me great ideas for Halloween. Me and Val (hall mate from UofIllinois) embraced our current home and dressed as sheep with a few more oddities thrown on us to make it a little more ridiculous. Made tons of friends there, and met loads of people from Lincoln. Celebrated 3 peoples birthdays; Alli's 21st (my hall mate from UC Santa Cruz), LB's 18th (native Kiwi) and Ben's 21st (friend from Oregon) and danced like there was no one watching.

Backtracking a little...last week I went and saw Alice in Wonderland, adventured into Christchurch with Val to buy costumes and sleeping bags and stayed there to grab some sushi for dinner, and celebrated USA style on Thursday for Alli's birthday by going to the bars and finding people to buy her drinks to where they eventually would not let her into bars/clubs.

Stay tuned for next weeks update...hopefully it will be of bungy jumping and river adventures from Queenstown!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Adventure #2: See that orange marker waaaay up there, yeah we gotta hike to it...

This past weekend, four of us went on a tramping (what us American's call backpacking) trip through Arthur's Pass. We had the Friday off, the Uni gives us field trip days and most classes are cancelled on those days, so we left then and did not return until Sunday. I drove the car through mountains (so did Sam, but we didn't let her drive again)! Side note: there are no bears in the Southern Alps. We hiked through almost every type of terrain and climate it felt like. Tramping through freezing rivers, across and up a few boulders through a few rainforests including one decorated with moss and over the marshlands while mostly in avalanche zones. Discovering 3 people cannot comfortably sleep in a 2 person tent and bed mats are a necessity on the hard ground. The marshlands ate one of Sam's shoes and she was forced to search for it with her hand. We procceeded to climb up the side of the mountain via gaint rocks only to find out it was the wrong way and we were infact suppose to go through the forest that was about 3/4 the way back down. I discovered exactly how slow short people have to walk on down inclines, which caused me and Sam to fall well behind the other two. We managed to take a little swimming break and jumped into the glacier river water, quite refreshing.

This coming weekend, Hokitika Wild Foods Festival! Cheers!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Adventure #1: Johnny Tsunami

Well this past weekend I had my first adventure and it was a great one. The destinations were Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs with a few stops along the way. We left Saturday morning, Sam, Matt, Matt and I in our car and Patrick (australian), Sam (swedish), Nick and Emma in the other car and headed north. We stopped at a few wineries and did some tastings...I now know how all the wines taste. Makes me feel very upper class :) Lots of driving but the scenery was gorgeous and it was never a dull moment in our car. Then we drove over a hill and suddenly driving along the coast line. Amazing. We got to Kaikoura, explored a little and a found a hostel where 8 of us squeezed into a 6 person bedroom, because of this boys = snoring = me not sleeping. Oh well, Sam, Emma and I were up at 6 anyways to go watch the sunrise. Well when we got back to the hostel we were hearing people talk about a tsunami coming. Apparently there had been an earthquake in Chile (we didn't know about until then) and therefore all of the pacific had a Tsunami warning. Just our luck of course because we wanted to go whale watching but nope darn tsunami had to make everything cancelled. So us girls wanted to get going and do something else then. For once the girls were up and ready and the boys did not want to get out of bed. We even tried to have the people at the front desk kick them out but they didn't do it. So we didn't get going until probably 10:30.

Now we headed to Hanmer Springs. Realized we didn't have any gas and all the small towns we kept dirving through actually closed their gas stations on Sundays! Good ol' Princess POS made it though, however now the boys want to change her name to the Hulk. Don't worry, it won't happen. We got to Hanmer and hit up some hot springs/thermal pools which were pretty cool and I got a nice tan going on now. Hopefully I can maintain it until I return to summer in the states. Well we headed home cause I had homework to do and I badly wanted dinner.

Next weekend...hopefully some backpacking.

From Left to Right: Nick, Sam (swedish), Emma, Patrick (australian), Matt, Matt, Sam and me in the front!